Planning your visit

Access and Facilities

Visitors are very welcome to bring a picnic with them, and there are many benches to use while you are eating. Toilet facilities including an adapted toilet and baby change are available from March to October 7 days a week, but only on weekends during the winter unless by prior arrangement. 

If you have any queries ahead of your visit, please contact us at

Wheelchair Accessibility: The Botanic Garden (including the glasshouses) is fully wheelchair accessible. We have a wheel chair available for public use - please note this must be booked in advance at outrTicket Office (telephone 01865 - 610300). A parking map for people with disabilities can be found here . Detailed access information is available here.


Travel Information

There is no public car parking available at the Botanic Garden. The nearest public car park is the St Clement's car park (currently around 30 spaces, OX4 1AB) which is 5 minutes' walk from the Garden. The nearest disabled parking is on Merton Street and the High Street.

There are 5 Park and Ride sites around the city and we encourage visitors to use these. The nearest bus stops are on St Clement's or at Queen's Lane.  Coaches and mini-buses can drop groups off on Magdalen Bridge which is directly adjacent to the Garden.

The Garden is a 20-minute walk from the train station.

Please click here for a map of where we are located. 



The Garden does not allow dogs in the grounds except for registered assistance dogs.


Glasshouses and Redevelopment Works

Please be aware that we are undertaking some exciting new changes to the displays in our glasshouses over the winter and early spring months and undertaking improvements in other areas of the Garden. This may mean that some or all of our glasshouses may be closed during your visit and some areas of the Garden may not be accessible. If there is something you particularly would like to see during your visit, we would advise phoning beforehand. We apologise for any disruption, but look forward to sharing our exciting new displays with you in the spring!

Glasshouse closures for this redevelopment period are as follows:

  • Fernery: closed 8th January - 29th March
  • Carnivorous House: closed 22nd January - 29th March
  • Palm House & Arid House: closed 1st - 28th February and 16th - 20th April.



Due to the horticultural maintenance required throughout the year it is sometimes necessary to close the Glasshouses. Please do contact the Botanic Garden ahead of your visit if your require any further information (01865 286690).


Severe Weather

In the event of severe weather conditions the Botanic Garden may close to visitors at short notice.  Please check the website before your visit for details of any closures.